Clinton Book Hits Shelves

June 9, 2003
Posted at: 6:44 p.m. CDT

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. -- Bookshelves across the country began the morning stacked with Hillary Rodham Clinton's highly anticipated book: "Living History."

In Blytheville, a local bookstore fielded calls all day about the newest book to hits its shelves.

"Our phones have been ringing off the wall today," said Mary Gay Shipley, owner of That Bookstore in Blytheville. "I think there's just a lot of interest in this book."

Shipley first met the former Arkansas First Lady, when her first book, "It Takes a Village," was published.

"She's very smart," Shipley said of the New York Senator. "She's very caring."

Even before a single copy is sold, many have predicted that Clinton's latest book will be a best-seller.

"I followed my heart and went to Arkansas," Clinton said of her move to the state with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

During a recent interview, Clinton previewed her memoir and spoke about the chapters devoted to Arkansas.

"It was an adjustment for me," she said while interviewed with ABC News' Barbara Walters. "But I loved Arkansas, and the people of Arkansas. And the people of Arkansas were not only good to me, but I made some of the best friends I ever made."

"She won the hearts of a good number of Arkansans, in terms of being interested in education, children and the things she took on as projects," Shipley said.

"I'd worn blue jeans, work shirts and big old sweaters all during law school, so I did have some adjusting to do," Clinton said in her interview.

"She has broken down a lot of barriers and when you do that, people are resistant to change," Shipley said. "There will always be a number of people who will criticize that."

Clinton's book is getting a lot of attention, specifically because people want to know what she has to say about the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and will whether or not she will make a run for president.

"I was furious. I was dumbfounded. I was just beside myself," Clinton said about revelations that her husband had an improper relationship with the former White House intern.

When asked whether she would ever run for the presidency on Sunday, Clinton said that she doesn't "have any intention of running. I'm flattered that the question gets asked. And I hope that it will lead to a woman running for president."

The prospect of another Clinton in the West Wing has Shipley excited.

"I hope she does," Shipley said. "I think that's another barrier she would be on the edge of breaking down."

Clinton is scheduled for a book signing at That Bookstore in Blytheville on July 26, at 10:30 a.m. Those that wish to attend are asked to order tickets for the event early, as it is expected to be a sell-out.